Teapots to Tapestries
Wednesday 11 May 2011
Birmingham & Bedworth’s own Toye Kenning & Spencer has been selected to take part in Fortnum & Mason’s exclusive summer exhibition in London, ‘From Teapots to Tapestries’.
Opening on 16 May, ‘From Teapots to Tapestries’, which has been designed to celebrate craft skills, runs until the end of July.
Amongst a range of other products, Toye Kenning & Spencer will exhibit a range of enamelled items as well as its Benton & Johnson gold thread embroidery kits. The company’s skilled artisans will also be in store on 2 and 3 June to provide demonstrations of and answer questions on both and enamelling and embroidery.
Chief executive of the family run firm that was founded in 1685, Fiona Toye said: “We are delighted to have been selected for the exhibition and would like to thank Fortnum & Mason for the opportunity. Craft skills are the life blood of our business; every product we manufacture goes through the hands of our experienced craftspeople, whether they be enamellers, silver-smiths, engravers, weavers, lace-makers, embroiderers, die makers, stampers, polishers or mounters. Each of these individuals has spent years, often decades, learning and then honing their craft and it is exciting to be celebrating their hard work and talent as part of the exhibition.”
Benton & Johnson has its origins in the eighteenth century and has built a worldwide reputation for the manufacture and supply of a wide range of embroidery purls and threads in a variety of qualities. In 1990 it became a division of Toye Kenning & Spencer.